P&C interview: Adriana Kowalczyk / by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Kamryn Koble

Adriana Kowalcyzk is a born and bred Vancouver photographer who is seeking to capture and convey unique, potent emotion through her art. One subject she is particularly passionate about is the depiction of women. Many of her images seek to portray women in the strong and beautiful light that society so often neglects. Using only natural lighting to capture her images, her editing style is often distinct and vibrant, offering the viewer a striking and colorful visual experience.

Tell us a little about yourself! What led you to art/photography, and where do you draw your inspiration from today?

I was born, raised, and currently reside in Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Like any other child, I began drawing first and then painting at a young age. Soon after receiving my first camera, I also developed a passion for photography and would take pictures of the world around me in my own style. In addition, being a Pisces, I am intimately in touch with my emotions and use this to my advantage when creating art. Women continue to be one of my main muses. I would often photograph those involved in my life, many of my friends and family being the subjects in portraits. I believe that women truly hold the weight of the world, and their beauty and wisdom need to be portrayed more successfully in society.

Can you describe to us your artistic process?

This year, I have spent most of my time experimenting with Photoshop. I edit my photos in a unique way, playing with saturation and contrast. No studio lighting is ever used. I photograph the subjects in my room, which has all natural lighting. After the photographs are taken, they are put into Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom. With a rough idea in mind, I edit them until they meet my expectations. The same process is used when creating art, a rough idea is present in my mind and then later evolves into the final work.

Are there any projects we should be keeping an eye out for in the future?

I have recently collaborated with Emily Liteplo on a zine and will continue in this field, creating and making art for zines. I actually have just finished one called Color Out of the Lines, which can be found on my Bigcartel. My plan for the summer is to take many photographs while on vacation and create loads of art! I am always open to collaborations with different artists. 

Find more of Adriana’s work at Tumblr and Bigcartel.